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WORLD Boxing Council (bronze) welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi is set to leave for Zambia this week to mend his ties with Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions after a row over comments attributed to the boxer soured their partnership.

Manyuchi was reported to have made sensational claims that the Zambians had approached him to change nationality and that he had not been given any due recognition by the Zimbabwean Government despite being the first world boxing champion from this country.

Last week, Manyuchi insisted that he was “misquoted” by journalists who covered the ceremony in Masvingo and video footages from the function where Manyuchi is alleged to have cried, give the boxer the benefit of doubt.

While reports from Masvingo said Manyuchi wept uncontrollably, the video shows a rather composed boxer giving his speech while flanked by Masvingo mayor Hubert Pfidze and Resident Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

“I do not usually want to stand before a lot of people unless there is an opponent I am fighting in the ring.

“When I was at school, students used to marvel at standing near the headmaster during prize-giving day, but today I am standing with people whose status is higher than a headmaster and these include lawyers who are here to congratulate me.

“I am also very happy to see sports people and councilors all around,” said a composed Manyuchi.

In the video, Manyuchi takes a jibe at WBC champion Floyd Mayweather and goes on to give account of how he got his African Boxing Union and WBC belts.

Manyuchi pays tribute to the Lord and says he trains very hard before the fights.

The boxer went on to say he loved Zimbabwe and his hometown Masvingo.

The welterweight champion said he would like to encourage more youths to take up boxing as a career and they can even do better than him if they get more support from the corporate world and the Government .

But it appears it was Pfidze’s comments at the same function that appear to have got Manyuchi into trouble.

Pfidze, who had travelled to Zambia to watch the WBC fight against Patrick Allotey, pointed out that Manyuchi had indicated that his power came from the bible that he always carries into the ring.

The mayor acknowledged that Manyuchi was warmly received by the Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Andrew Langa, and his Tourism counterpart Walter Mzembi in Harare.

“I want to point out that Charles Manyuchi has a bigger dream which no one here has. His dream is to beat Mayweather,” said Pfidze at the reception.

Pfidze, in comments now being attributed to Manyuchi, then said he was pained that the Zambians paid Catharine Phiri four times more than the Zimbabwean.

“Charles Manyuchi is boxing under a Zambian. But what he got there as rewards hurts. It’s a paltry figure according to a world champion fight.

“On the day of the fight, Manyuchi’s fight was the main bout and there was a women’s title (fight) as a supporting bout.

“But the Zambian lady was given more than four times what Manyuchi was given and on top of that, the young lady is having a 12-roomed housed being constructed for her,” said Pfidze.

Manyuchi yesterday maintained his innocence, as backed by the video, and said he will go to Zambia and settle the issue with his handlers.

“I do not drink to claim that maybe I was drunk when I made the statements.

“All I know is that some people could not be happy with my success but personally I have embraced everyone.

“If Oriental do not want to work with me, then that’s another issue, but I still need to clear the statements that have been attributed to me,” said Manyuchi.

Manyuchi’s father Otis Manyuchi said he will also seek an audience with Oriental Boxing Promotions’ Chris Malunga and reach an understanding.

Source : The Herald